Distinguished Professor of Letters and Science | Montana State University | Department of Ecology
Wallenberg Professor | Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry
Affiliate Professor | Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet | Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
| Molecular Ecology Group
Behavioral ecology, population biology, conservation, behavioral endocrinology, evolutionary ecology. My research is based on field studies, generally using observational methods, and often following known individuals. Much of the work in my lab has involved the integration of behavioral and demographic data from the field with physiological and genetic data from the lab.
My current field research is with the Zambian Carnivore Programme, examining carnivore conservation, ecology, behavior and genetics in three ecosystems (Liuwa, South Luangwa and Kafue National Parks). In this work, we are studying African wild dogs, lions, spotted hyenas, cheetahs and leopards and all of the large herbivores that form their prey base. This work provides basic data for conservation and management on population size, survival, reproduction, distributions, movements and the factors that affect them.
Part of this research, jointly funded by the NSF Population and Community Ecology and Animal Behavior programs, examines how the movements of large carnivores are affected human activities and natural processes, and how these alter genetic and demographic connectivity between ecosystems.